January has the honor of being the most popular month to start or renew an exercise program. But the best time of the year to do this is right now.
Why? We’re on the verge of the holiday season. For business owners, this means lots of open houses and tins of cookies from clients. You’ll be better positioned to ride out this caloric tidal wave if you’re in the exercise groove before the kids bring home their Halloween candy.
For those who need additional motivation to hit the gym, here are five more ways that exercise can help you succeed in both your entrepreneurial and personal life.
1) It increases stamina. Physical activity builds cardiovascular and muscular strength, which in turn creates more endurance and energy to handle the demands of business ownership.
2) It builds discipline. You need a certain amount of resolve to keep going when your muscles ache. Once you get into a regular exercise routine, you’ll find that you miss it if it’s disrupted for some reason.
3) It provides a mental break. A walk or a bike ride is a great way to relieve stress and clear your head.
4) It encourages goal setting. Many entrepreneurs enjoy the challenge and satisfaction that comes from setting and meeting fitness goals. Graphic designer Donna Herrle, for example, is a cyclist who strives to complete at least one century (100-mile ride) each year.
5) It teaches team building. With softball, basketball and other team sports, you and your teammates depend on each other to achieve a common goal. You learn how to develop a support system, build trust and motivate people with different abilities. All of these skills carry over to other areas of your life.
If you’re pressed for time, keep in mind that even short periods of physical activity can go along way. “For busy entrepreneurs, thirty minutes of exercise three times a week will do it,” says fitness coach Patti M. Hudson.
So go ahead and lace up those running shoes. It could yield big returns – and help avoid weight gains this holiday season.